COVID-19 Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
Updated 1/28/22

What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

You should immediately contact PDS school nurse, Alice Ball, to inform PDS of the positive test results. She will provide clarification on next steps to take.

If you or your son are exposed to someone with COVID

Persons exposed to COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine. If your child develops symptoms after an exposure, keep them home and have them tested if possible.

Are COVID vaccines required for students and faculty?
“Vaccination is the single best tool we have to prevent COVID-19 both in ourselves and in our communities."
-- Tennessee Department of Health Commisioner

Presbyterian Day School recommends all eligible members of the community receive the COVID-19 vaccine to minimize potential infections, control the spread of the virus, and protect the people around you who may be at increased risk of severe illness.

With the COVID-19 vaccine having been approved for 5- to 11-year-olds, we encourage everyone to contribute in the fight against COVID-19 and to consider vaccinating their children. A list of local providers offering the the vaccines can be found at

The vaccine does two things that help us bring COVID-19 more in line with the level of an influenza virus: It reduces severe illness, bringing it closer to normal flu symptoms, and it helps prevent further mutations of the virus. We understand that vaccinated individuals can still spread the current variants.

What if my child has symptoms of COVID-19 while at school?

All symptomatic children need to be examined by their doctor, who will clinically assess as well as test for multiple conditions (flu, strep, RSV, etc). Depending on test results, the doctor may prescribe treatment or refer for COVID–19 testing. It is important to remember that children are much more likely to have a common cold than COVID–19.

The Tennessee Department of Health suggests the following symptoms are potentially COVID–19 symptoms and should apply to anyone attending or working in a school (i.e. children and adults in schools):

  • Fever (temperature of 100°F or greater) or chills
  • New, worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Nasal congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea/abdominal pain
Who will be notified if a teacher or student tests positive for COVID-19?

We will notify the families of students considered close contacts and anyone else who was within 3 feet for 15 minutes or more (as well as other CDC and Tennessee Department of Health considerations) with the positive case. The positive case will not be identified by name.

If you hear there has been a positive case at school and you have not been notified, your son was not exposed.

How will distance learning work should my child need to learn from home due to COVID-19 isolations and quarantines?

In the event that an early childhood student is in isolation or quarantine, we will engage in age appropriate instruction required to meet instructional expectations. Every effort will be made to address the need to stay connected with classmates and teachers through Zoom activities as well as activities that will be completed through SeeSaw.

If an elementary student is in isolation or quarantine, we will engage the student in a combination of real-time (synchronous) learning experiences and some asynchronous assignments. As much as possible, a student’s day at home will mimic the on-campus class schedule. Students will use Zoom to be an active part of the classroom while receiving instruction from the classroom teacher and completing work simultaneously with on-campus students. This model not only allows students the opportunity to continue sharing in classroom discussions but also provides an avenue for student collaboration.

Distance learning will not be provided for non-COVID related absences. Other illnesses or absences due to travel will follow our traditional absentee policy found in the Student Handbook.  

Masks Optional

Your son's health is a priority for PDS. We will continue to monitor medical and professional experts' information and guidelines or requirements provided by local, state, and federal government offices and agencies.

Masks are optional for all students, faculty, or visitors while in the school building.


Elementary Lunch: Parents Welcome!

Elementary Lunch: Parents Welcome!

| Laura Glenn | News

We’re excited that all elementary boys have now returned to eating in the lunchroom. As a result of this transition, we now have room for parents to visit occasionally at lunch.

As a reminder, we celebrate birthdays each month at a special chapel. Parents are welcome to bring a birthday lunch for their own child; however, lunches and/or birthday treats should not be sent for an entire class.

Lunch Schedule:

  • First Grade: 11:00
  • Second Grade: 12:05
  • Third Grade: 11:35
  • Fourth Grade: 11:50
  • Fifth Grade: 12:30
  • Sixth Grade: 11:20
Masks Optional Beginning January 31

Masks Optional Beginning January 31

| Brad Sewell | News

Throughout the pandemic, PDS has sought the advice of medical experts within and outside the PDS community to inform protocols while weighing the impact those protocols have to boys’ development. 

At the beginning of January, we adjusted our return-to-school mask optional policy as an additional mitigation strategy until we could ascertain the impact it would have on the PDS community. Our primary goal has been to avoid disruption to the boys’ daily learning experience.  

Because of lower transmission rates on campus and guidance of medical experts, PDS will be mask optional beginning Monday, January 31st.  

Update on Elementary Parent Night and Virtue Breakfast

While excitement remains high for this school year, the health and safety of our PDS community is always a top priority. We’ve decided to make a shift in two upcoming events this week in an effort to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.

  • Elementary Parent Night is now Elementary Zoom Night! Each grade level will be hosting parents for an informative meeting via Zoom starting at 6pm this evening. These meetings will be recorded and emailed at a later date for those unable to join. Please check your inbox later this morning for links to the meetings.

  • The True Friend Virtue Breakfast scheduled for Friday morning will not meet in person. We encourage all families to have breakfast together on your own and discuss the importance of being a True Friend. We look forward to hosting a Virtue Breakfast in October as we study what it means to be a Humble Hero.

Thanks for your continued support!

Mask Policy Update - August 17, 2021

Mask Policy Update - August 17, 2021

| Brad Sewell | News
PDS will still begin this year with students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus wearing masks indoors while transmission rates remain high. We are closely following the latest changes and will communicate any further developments that affect our protocols on campus.
An Update on Our COVID-19 Policy for the 2021-2022 School Year
Your son's health is a priority for PDS. We will continue to monitor medical and professional experts' information and guidelines or requirements provided by local, state, and federal government offices and agencies. Our primary goal in starting this year is to avoid disruption. We desire to have the boys on campus with their peers, learning, collaborating, being very active, and having fun.
Distance Learning Policy for the 2021-2022 School Year
As we look to the 2021-2022 school year, I want to inform you of a decision regarding distance learning for next year.
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Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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